Since your RV is your home-away-from-home, it’s good to be prepared for anything that can go wrong while you’re on the open road. Your awning can get ripped by a tree branch. Your roof can spring a leak. A fuse can blow. From a simple light bulb change to an involved plumbing job, repairs can be time consuming and costly. The better prepared you are to handle them on your own, the more time and money you can save yourself. Stocking an RV tool kit is the first step in preparing yourself to tackle any RV repair on your own. These items can fit in a standard-sized toolbox and will be easy to store in your RV. While this is not an exhaustive list of everything you could possibly need while RVing, this covers the most commonly used tools according to seasoned RVers. Time and experience will help you figure out what else you want to keep your RV supplied with.
Adhesives & Sealants
Adhesives and sealants are a must-have in your RV tool kit. They have so many purposes, from sealing a leaky RV roof (silicone sealant) to repairing a tear in an awning (vinyl adhesive). Or better yet, catch the leak before it happens and put a dab of sealant over a compromised area. Duct tape and electrical tape should also be included in your tool kit, as well as Super Glue. Super Glue works on plastic, rubber, and metal, and it seals in just seconds.
Carry screws, nuts, bolts, and washers in an assortment of sizes so that you’ll be able to fix or customize anything on your RV. Zip ties also come in very handy for bundling and cinching things together in a pinch.
Screwdrivers & Wrenches
Include a socket wrench set in your RV took kit for tightening and loosening nuts and bolts. A Phillips head and flat-bladed screwdriver are good to have for tightening and loosening screws. A set of pliers can be used for squeezing things together, or for holding machine nuts while installing or removing. You might need a crescent wrench to grip hexagonal nuts. And Allen keys are good to have on hand for turning bolts and screws that have hexagonal sockets.
Plumbing & Electrical
One of the worst problems you could face with an RV is a plumbing problem! Arm yourself with tools so that you’ll be prepared to handle any messy problems that might pop up. Plumber’s putty is great for sealing faucets and drains in kitchens and bathrooms. ABS cement bonds ABS pipes with fittings. To create an airtight seal on water, air, or gas lines, use Teflon tape. It works on threaded metal or PVC pipe. Electrical problems can happen too. Equip yourself with a multi-meter to measure the electric current and voltage in your RV. Carrying extra fuses in various amperage ratings is a great idea in case one or more blows when you’re miles from civilization.
Cutting & Filing
You never know when you might need to cut wires or file metal while on the road. For this reason, invest in needle-nose pliers, side cutters, scissors, and box cutters. Also include wire brushes, metal scrapers, and hand files in your RV’s tool kit.
Digital voltmeter (DVM)-Use this to know the state of charge of your batteries.
Tire pressure gauge- Use this on your tires when they are cold for the most accurate reading.
Two-way bubble level-Invest in a level so that your drinks don’t slide off the table when you set them down.
Disposable latex gloves-You will find so many “handy” uses for these! Wear them when you clean the water holding tanks or to protect your hands from getting greasy.
Pre-moistened wipes-In case your hands do get soiled, you’ll be glad you have these!
Weatherproof matches-You never know when you might need some dry matches in a rainstorm.